Justin Cupler

Justin Cupler is the editor in chief of these TopSpeed.com pages, and he’s been a member of the team since 2012. Justin’s love for cars started back when he was just five years old, helping his dad work on his 1957 Chevy Bell Air and then his 1966 Chevelle SS. Justin’s love for car’s became a career when he began working on cars in the mid-2000s, then he moved into repair shop management shortly after.

After growing tired of fixing other peoples’ car problems, Justin earned a certificate in radio and television broadcasting, and dove into the world of talk radio and television. Following a short stint in radio, he then moved into the print journalism, and began writing for various automotive sites, including Cars Direct, Internet Auto Guides, Ebay Motors, and many more.

Justin loves his family first, but second in line is his 2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 that he aiming to crest the 300-horsepower mark with. It’s a little rough right now, but we call that "character."


In our debut PodCast, we discussed our favorite and least favorite cars from Geneva. Unfortunately, we could hot make it to Switzerland to attend the show, so there was a good but that we simply didn’t get to see. Chris Harris and the folks at Drive were there and Harris gave us his honest — sometimes brutally honest — opinion on what was the best and what was simply laughable at Geneva .

Some highlights include his raving about the 2015 Corvette Z06 , something many Europeans prefer not to do, his argument that it was complete crap that the i3 lost the European car of the year award to the Peugeot 308 , and his tantrums about a little known tuner named Nimrod managing to violate a few Lamborghinis and Ferraris so badly that charges needed filed.

Seeing some of the lesser-known cars at Geneva was cool enough, but getting to hear Harris rave about them or completely tear them apart was a blast. This is definitely worth 30 minutes of your life.

Click past the jump for the video.


What would you do if you were driving back from a casino or just a really high-stakes game of Bingo, and a cop pulled you over and took all of your winnings legally without any guilt on your end? I suspect you would be like me and be rather irate about it. Well, in Nevada and plenty of other states, there is a lot of this happening, and the police are raking in the dough because of it. But now, the citizens are fighting back.

Enter in Tan Nguyen, a man that claims he was on his way to a cousin’s house in California after winning $50,000 at a local casino and as he headed through Humboldt County, Nevada, Deputy Lee Dove pulled him over for doing — get this — 78 in a 75-mph zone. Dove then searched Nguyen’s car and Nguyen opened a briefcase for the deputy, exposing the $50,000 he was carrying. Dove then claimed to smell marijuana in the car and made Nguyen sign a "property for safekeeping receipt," which basically says "here, take my stuff without any criminal charges, because he thought the money was illegally obtained. Nguyen claims he only signed the form under the threat that Dove would confiscate his car and leave him stranded if he hadn’t.

After that was all said and done, Dove warned Nguyen about speeding and left without citing him for anything, but kept the money. The next day, Dove was pictured next to the money with a caption that read: "This cash would have been used to purchase illegal drugs and now will benefit Humboldt County with training and equipment. Great job."

Dove then did the same thing three months later to Ken Smith, as after pulling him over and running a warrant check, he found that a man with that name had a warrant out. Dove detained Smith, swindled him out of over $13,000 and a 0.40 -caliber handgun, and let him go. What’s more, the Ken Smith in question is a white man and the one in the warrant was African-American .

Both Nguyen and Smith have rightfully filed lawsuits, but Nevada seemingly protects itself from this by requiring the owner of the money to prove that it was obtained legally. So essentially, they are guilty until they prove themselves innocent. What makes this all a little fishier is the fact that the Police keep 100 percent of the proceeds from the forfeiture.

Don’t go thinking that this can only happen in Nevada either, as 25 states allow police to keep all the forfeited and seized money, and 37 states have a "guilty until you prove your innocence" stance on forfeitures.

I, for one, say this is completely insane. Who would think that the men and women that are supposed to protect and serve are robbing people blind, and the laws back them up? Check out the video after the jump to see some of the crazy things the police have bought with forfeited money.

Check out the video after the jump.

Source: Forbes

Mobil 1 and Tony Stewart — Smoke to most of us — are up to a whole new bag of tricks with their commercials. This time around, they borrowed the plot of one of every car buff’s favorite classic car flicks, Smokey and the Bandit. As expected, Tony plays the Bandit — a role once reserved for Burt Reynolds — and he is driving a Trans Am nearly identical to the 1976 Trans Am that originally starred in the movie.

So far, Mobil 1 has released three episodes of the six-part series and a trailer. If you’ve watched the original Smokey and the Bandit movies, then you will appreciate that a lot of the scenes are nearly identical to the original, save for a few humorous modifications. If you have not seen the original movies yet, I suggest watching them before checking out this series — you’ll definitely need to have the original plot in mind to really grasp these remakes.

We’ll pass on the remaining episodes as Mobil 1 releases them, so keep it locked on TopSpeed.

Click past the just to see the videos.


The Terminator turned California Governor turned aging action-movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is still one of the most entertaining people on screen. And though his movie career is on a bit of a decline, he still has lots of name recognition and that bad-ass Austrian accent to go along with his tree trunk-like neck. Now, he is looking for people to come crush some stuff, using a tool that he has always wanted: "his own fu@#ing tank!"An M47 Patten tank, to be precise...

What better mode of destruction for the Governator to use, as he looks right at home with his head poking out from the top of this piece of heavy machinery. In this little clip, he gives us a preview of all the things that he wants to smash, including all 66 of his birthday cakes, a piano, his 501-pound bench-press record, bubble wrap, Million Dollar Baby and even a Microsoft Zune!

All you have to do is head to www.omaze.com/arnold to buy entries and wait to see if you win. You’ve gotta hurry though, as the contest closes on March 14th. You can also rest easy knowing that all of the proceeds from the entry fees will go to benefit the After-School All Stars — a program that provides safe after-school programs for kids.

I’ve got to say, the video in itself is pretty funny and I honestly thought it was a joke at first. Even if you don’t have the extra $10 laying around to enter, you can at least get a nice chuckle seeing Arnold crushing random things in dramatic fashion.

Click past the jump for the video.

Source: omaze.com

All good things must come to an end, so the Gallardo is packing things up and moving out of Lamborghini’s entry-level supercar spot to make room for a brand new baby. Rumors swirled about the name of this new supercar, and the final decision was Huracán LP 610-4 and not "Cabrera," as we initially thought.

The Huracán LP 610-4’s name is derived from a fighting bull from 1879. This Spanish Conte de la Patilla breed of bull was unrelenting and thrust himself into bull-fighting stardom courage and strong sense of attack.

This new new Lamborghini will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014, but it will also have more than 130 private showings that start in January. We expect to see it in dealers starting in mid- to late-2014.

Updated 03/06/2014: After the first promo video unveiled a few days ago, Lamborghini now released a full video for the new Huracan supercar. Enjoy!

Updated 03/12/2014: Lamborghini unveiled a new video in which Filippo Perini, Head of Design at Automobili Lamborghini, explains the design concept behind the new Huracan supercar.

Click past the jump to read all about the Huracán LP 610-4.

The Honda Accord has been around for what seems like forever, and it has undergone more changes that I don’t care to count. After a nice redesign just a year ago, the Accord carries into the 2014 model year with no changes at all. I got my hands on a range-topping Touring version of the 2014 Accord , which had just about every gadget and gizmo imaginable in a mainstream, midsize sedan .

The Accord has long had one of the most boring cabins in its segment, and the redesign takes care of some blandness, but it remains pretty blah. Besides the sleepy design, the Accord Touring’s cabin was very nicely equipped, thank to standard leather, 360-watt audio system, blind-spot camera, Bluetooth and heated seats.

Under the hood, Honda continues with its tried and true 3.5-liter V-6 that nets the sedan just under 300 horsepower. That’s decent power for a midsize sedan, but automakers are now moving toward smaller, turbocharged engines to increase fuel economy, but maintain power output, and Honda is still missing this boat.

So how does the Accord stack up to the likes of the Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry?

Read my full Driven review after the jump to find out.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

The Eau Rouge knocked our socks off at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show . I mean, with Godzilla guts in a four-door luxury sedan , how can you go wrong? With rumblings about the GT-R-powered luxo-rig heading into the "project" phase, according to Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen, we need to talk about why production must happen and must happen soon.

First of all, Infiniti is finally gaining momentum in the luxury realm that it has never had before. For many years, many luxury buyers turned their noses up at the Infiniti brand as re-badged Nissans , and not on par with BMW , Mercedes and Audi. Now with all of the new goodies rolling out, like the RC F — the entire RC lineup for that matter — the more streamlined naming system, and a distinct line of separation drawn between loaded-out Nissan Nissan s and base-level Infinitis, the brand is primed to make a move against upper-level Bimmers and Mercedes. And the Q50 Eau Rouge is the perfect model to take on the M5 and E63 AMG .

Secondly, you finally have a man in charge in Johan de Nysschen who know what the hell he’s doing with a luxury brand. He’s spoken before about de-Americanizing the Infiniti Infiniti brand, which is precisely what most top-level luxury car buyers want. That’s not a knock on American cars, it’s just that top-level luxury car buyers aren’t shopping at Cadillac Cadillac ... It was this type of out-of-the-box thinking that allowed de Nysschen to turn the Audi brand into a winner, and the Eau Rouge is a model that vastly de-Americanizes the brand and gives Infiniti the halo car it needs to draw fence-riding buyers into dealers.

Third, it also helps the GT-R. Sure, halo cars are often loss-leaders that are only there to generate interest in the brand. But the development of a production-version Q50 Eau Rouge will spread the cost of building the GT-R’s drivetrain over two models, which will lower overall production cost per car. That will drive up profits — or lower loss — for both the Eau Rouge and the GT-R .

Finally, it opens up GT-R performance those of us who have families or don’t want our guts rattled loose by the GT-R’s harsh suspension. Plus, the added luxury will satisfy buyers that need a better-equipped cabin than the GT-R can offer, but still want incredible performance.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge.

Source: AutoCar

We’ve already caught the 2015 C63 AMG sedan testing, but we haven’t yet seen the C63 AMG Estate — what we know as a station wagon here in the U.S. Well here it is for your enjoyment, folks, the 2014 C63 AMG Estate. Just a few days ago, we got a good look at the front end of the C63 AMG sedan, as well as its backside, but these shots are a lot less revealing.

Sure, you can still make out the basic placement of the air inlets on the front bumper, but the shape is not there yet. Around back, we can clearly see the revised quad-exit exhaust system, but the wagon still lacks the defined rear diffuser that we clearly made out on the sedan.

Under the hood, however, we already know that despite the model retaining the C63 designation — typically reserved for the outgoing 6.2-liter V-8 — the C63 AMG Estate will share the upcoming tarmac-killing 4.0-liter, V-8 engine that the AMG GT/SLC will feature.

We expect to see the C63 AMG Sedan at the Paris Auto Show in October, and we suspect the wagon will follow it by a few months.

The big question is will we finally get this hot wagon here in the U.S.?

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 C63 AMG Estate.

When Nissan introduced the Juke in 2011, its hip styling in a rather bland segment made it a near immediate hit. To this date, it is still the swan in a class filled to the brim with ugly ducklings. Add to that a base turbocharged engine that pumps out 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of twist that allows it to hit 60 mph in just 7.3 seconds, even with a cruddy CVT backing it up.

That was 2011 and now we are moving into the 2015 model year, so it is time for a mid-cycle refresh. And a refresh the Juke received, as Nissan unveiled the Euro-spec Juke at the Geneva Motor Show this week. Sure, a few of the engines won’t make their way to the U.S., but we did get a nice look at how Nissan added in its new design language and revised the only U.S.-bound engine: the 1.6 DIG-T.

Overall, the refresh is, well, refreshing. The Juke looks like a whole new car, despite sharing most of its sheet metal with the 2014 model. Unfortunately, the Juke’s interior is largely carried over, but the interior was never a complaint, except for cargo space, which was address with this refresh.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Juke.

The Koenigsegg One:1 has gotten loads of press lately, and for good reason. It captured the elusive unicorn of the automotive world by hitting the 1 horsepower per kg rating, and it captured all of our hearts in the process. With 1,340 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque flowing from its 5.0-liter V-8, it was only a matter of time before one of the car video games inserted the digital version of it, and that day is here.

Need For Speed Rivals is the first to insert the digital One:1 into its game by way of downloadable content. What’s more, the One:1 Pack is 100-percent free of charge. EA Games could have easily turned a profit by charging a few bucks for what’s likely to be one of the hottest DLCs of the year, but it instead decided to be fair to the game owners and give it away. That’s just good business there, folks.

The DLC first hit the Internet on March 4th, and is available for all major platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC. So snag it up in your system’s respective marketplace and have yourself a One:1 on EA Games’ dime — well, digitally that is...

Click past the jump to read more about the One:1 from Koenigsegg.


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